Praying for Peace in Israel

Dear Hevreh Community,

The past two weeks have been sad and difficult, as we have experienced heartache over the vicious attacks throughout Israel. We want to shout out “Maspik! Enough already!” We look for words to express that all-too-familiar jumble of feelings that creep up whenever we learn of violence and strife in our beloved Jewish State.

In the midst of this difficult time, the Reform movement, along with the Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Orthodox movements have joined together for a Sabbath of Solidarity with Israel. This Shabbat at Hevreh is our Social Action Shabbat, where we will learn about social justice within our own Berkshires community. At services tonight, we will also pray in solidarity for peace in our most sacred land. Please join us.

We also would invite you to also consider donating to the Jewish Agency’s Fund for the Victims of Terror. Click here to donate today.

This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Noach, in which we read the story of Noah and his family. God saw human corruption, and brought about the flood. It may feel like things are flooding right now, but God also instructed Noah to build an ark, which provided a loving shelter for him and his family. May we continue to pray for and strive toward a day when the rains subside, and all will be brought under God’s loving shelter, knowing the fullness of peace.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Neil P.G. Hirsch Rabbi Jodie Gordon


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